Turk says Reds manager played him out of position.
Nuri Sahin has blamed Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers for his miserable six months at Anfield.
The 24-year-old turned down Arsenal to join the Reds on loan from Real Madrid in the summer but made just 12 appearances for Liverpool and completed 90 minutes on just four occasions, three of which were in the Europa League.
Sahin was allowed to leave Anfield in January and returned to former club Borussia Dortmund in another loan deal from Los Blancos.
The Turkey international has blamed his disappointing spell on Merseyside on Rodgers, claiming the Northern Irish tactician played him out of position at number 10., when his best role is deeper in the midfield.
“I did not fail at Liverpool,” Sahin said. “Brendan Rodgers wanted me to play as a ’10’. But I do not play behind the forwards. I spoke with him and asked him why I was playing there. It is not my real position.
“The boss could not answer me…”
Despite his disagreements with Rodgers, Sahin said it was ‘marvellous’ to have played for Liverpool.
“Still, I am not sorry about it. To play in the red jersey and be in Anfield is something marvellous. Maybe if I had not gone there I would not have been able to return to Borussia Dortmund. For that, I am happy. But I have left Brendan Rodgers, thanks be to God.”
Sahin will remain with Dortmund until the summer of 2014 but the playmaker revealed he has a better relationship with Real boss Jose Mourinho and says he has been impressed with the La Liga giants’ recent domestic and European form.
“We speak often on the telephone,” he said.
“We chat about football and life. The boss feels good. I believe the game against Manchester United is very important for Madrid. Now they are in a perfect position. People talk more about [referee] Cuneyt Cakir’s decision [to send off United’s Nani] than Madrid’s performance, but Madrid played a very good game. They are going very well. It is not easy to beat Barcelona twice. The truth is Madrid are one of the big favourites for the Champions League.”
Sahin blamed an injury on his failure to make the grade at the Santiago Bernabeu but was philosophical about his time in the Spanish capital.
“I was injured in the first training session,” he said. “If I had not had that problem, I am sure it would have been very different for me. But these things happen in football. I do not want to go over the past.”
Despite being mainly used as a substitute since his return to the Westfalenstadion, Sahin said he was pleased to be back in Germany, and believes Dortmund are capable of a challenge for this season’s Champions League trophy.
“I feel well physically and mentally, everything is perfect,” he said. “After returning to Germany I feel much better. Here my objective is to stay in second place, because the Bundesliga title is difficult. But, with a little bit of luck, we want to go for the Champions League.”